TRT World with the following title: Israel's army helicopter hits Israeli festivalgoers during Hamas attack — report reported that:
The Haaretz newspaper said on Saturday an Israeli security assessment was based on an investigation by police with Hamas fighters who were arrested on October 7.
Haaretz reported that the military helicopter arrived at the site of the festival and opened fire on the fighters but also wounded several festival participants.
It said, according to the assessment, the gunmen had no prior information about the festival which was held close to the Kibbutz Re'im, near the borders with Gaza.
Middle East Monitor shared an interview with Israeli pilot Nof Erez: Israeli Colonel Nof Erez discusses October 7 operation and the Hannibal Directive. (see also on YouTube)
According to Erez, the Hannibal Protocol, which Israel is believed to have suspended in 2016, was formulated by the Israeli army 30 years ago based on events in Lebanon.
"The Hannibal Protocol is intentional, and if the decision was made to implement it, it is carried out intentionally. If the captives were unintentionally shot, that's another matter," the pilot said on the October 7 attack, when Hamas fighters infiltrated areas surrounding the strip, including the festival near the settlement of Re'im.
Erez said that on that day, it is unknown whether Israeli warplanes and drones hit hostages while firing. He said
"The Hannibal (Protocol), for which we have been running drills for the past 20 years, concerns a single vehicle with hostages in it. You know which part of the fence it goes through, which way on the road it heads to, and even which route it takes,".
"What we’ve seen here is mass Hannibal. There were many gaps in the fences. There were thousands of people in many different vehicles, both with and without hostages."
Erez, who coordinated a helicopter mission to evacuate wounded during Israel's ongoing attacks on Gaza, said
"It was an impossible task to identify and do what was allowed."
"I know that whoever held the weapons systems, both the drones and the fighter pilots, did whatever they could without coordinating with the ground forces, because these forces were not yet there."